Rogers State University: First Amendment Violations
The Organization for Advocating the Rights of Students (OARS) faced a series of administrative restrictions while seeking to obtain status as a recognized student organization. OARS was told that it would not be allowed to circulate flyers on campus if the information on them was "not correct," a violation of the First Amendment and a misinterpretation of RSU's own policies, and that all such flyers must receive prior RSU administrative approval. OARS also was told that RSU's public relations department wanted to be in charge of all websites and social media applications run by student organizations. OARS finally received official recognition after FIRE wrote a letter to RSU President Larry Rice, but RSU did not signal whether it planned to correct the mistakes made by the lower-level administrator.
- "FIRE Letter to Rogers State University President Larry Rice, August 30, 2010," August 30, 2010
- "'Claremore Daily Progress' Highlights Advances for Student Rights at Rogers State, But Free Speech Still in Danger in Oklahoma," by Jaclyn Hall, November 23, 2010
- "Rogers State Official Out after FIRE Intervenes in Controversy," by Robert Shibley, October 26, 2010
- "Student Rights Group Recognized at Rogers State University, but Deficiencies in Recognition Process Remain," by Peter Bonilla, October 12, 2010
- "Student whistleblower keeps testing limits,"
by Zack Stoycoff, Claremore Daily Progress, November 13, 2010
- "RSU official gone after student rights controversy,"
by Zack Stoycoff, Claremore Daily Progress, October 24, 2010